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Thursday roundup: Fight over a wall, city layoffs trimmed, stadium plan before council

Posted by: James Eli Shiffer under Local business, Parks and recreation, Politics and government, Public safety, Urban living Updated: December 8, 2011 - 1:15 PM

This morning, the City Council sounded off on Mayor R.T. Rybak's pitch to build a new Vikings stadium on the site of the Metrodome using public money that's currently subsidizing the convention center. The council's skeptics dominated the discussoni, Eric Roper reports. Rybak's earlier idea to raise city sales taxes got no traction on the council. A Republican lawmaker on Wednesday threw some cold water on the Minneapolis plan, Mike Kaszuba reports. 

The great wall at 48th and Drew in the Fulton neighborhood is leaning, and homeowner Elizabeth Howell has taken the city to court to press her case that it's not her responsibility to fix it, Randy Furst reports. For whatever reason, retaining walls present enough unique issues that the city has commissioned a team to investigative the matter and figure out whether there's a better way to deal with them.

If you don't want to schlep to St. Louis Park for a bottle of Two-Buck Chuck, you may be in luck. Trader Joe's may open a new store in the booming Lyn-Lake district, David Shaffer reports. That's affer an earlier plan was scuttled that would have placed a Trader Joe's near the Wedge and Hum's Liquors further north on Lyndale.

Earlier this year, the fight over a southwest Minneapolis dog park highlighted a racial divide that those involved turned into an opportunity for reconciliation and dialogue. Still, southwest dogs need a place to run free, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on Wednesday chose a location next to Lyndale Farmstead park, Nicole Norfleet reports.

Finally, if you haven't gotten the message about a snow emergency through your mobile devices, just look out your windshield and you might see the city of Minneapolis beaming the message through a billboard, Paul Walsh reports.  

 

 

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